Battle of Beran Byrig

At the Battle of Beran Byrig or Beranburh the West Saxons are said to have defeated the Britons at Barbury Castle Hill Fort near Swindon in the year 556.

Battle of Beran Byrig
Part of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain
Datec.556
Location
Result West Saxon victory
Belligerents
West Saxons Britons
Commanders and leaders

Cynric

Ceawlin

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle entry for the year states: Her Cynric 7 Ceawlin fuhton wiþ Brettas æt Beranbyrg (This year Cynric and Ceawlin fought with the Britons at Beranbury).

Control of Barbury Castle is likely to have been important as it lies on The Ridgeway, a strategic communication route.

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Swindon Borough Council

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Coordinates: 51°29′08″N 1°47′13″W / 51.485458°N 1.786808°W / 51.485458; -1.786808